Food - Drink
The Peruvian Caramel Dessert That Will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
By MELISSA CORBIN
Many South American countries are major global producers of sugar, so naturally, their cuisines include plenty of delicious desserts. Dulce de leche and other caramel-like confections are extremely popular across the continent, including Peruvian manjar blancho, a sweet treat that forms the base of another dessert, Suspiro a la limeña.
According to Peru Travel, Suspiro a la limeña means "Sigh of the lady from Lima," and the dessert was invented in the 19th century by Amparo Ayarez, whose husband, poet José Gálvez Barrenechea, called the dish as "a soft and sweet sigh of a woman." This treat consists of caramelly milk-based manjar blanco with a special meringue on top.
According to Serious Eats, to assemble Suspiro a la limeña, manjar blanco is poured into a small glass, followed by a heaping mound of Italian-style meringue with port wine and cinnamon; more cinnamon may be sprinkled on top as a garnish. This elegant sugar-on-sugar dessert is sure to satisfy eaters with a relentless sweet tooth.